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Epicurious Garden visit 2

It's been about 14 months since my last report on my visit to Epicurious.  My husband had a work event over the weekend near South Bank, so I've asked him to drop us off there.

I've lost my camera, and it's not easy taking photos with a tablet and trying to keep an almost 3 year old within arm's length, so please excuse the lack of focus of the photos. Also no optical…


Added by Florence on November 4, 2015 at 21:54 — 1 Comment

Public vegetable garden by the river

I have posted an article in the discussion area last month about the launch of Epicurious Garden at South Bank, and I finally visited on…


Added by Florence on September 28, 2014 at 15:08 — 5 Comments

It's been a long time..... late spring update ~

It's been a long time since my last blog... I haven't been active in the garden at all this year ~ But garden being a living thing, as long as you give them water and attention once in a while, they'll grow by themselves I think....

Just look at the Ruby chard, and kang kong... they pretty much died down over winter, but as soon as the weather start warming up, and I start watering regularly again, they sprang up with life! Same with the carrots that were captured in this photo, and…


Added by Florence on November 30, 2012 at 15:47 — 7 Comments

Summer update (or the lack of... )

It's been a long time since I've blogged here, as there's been a lot less activities in the garden for me over the past year.  I've been spending a lot more time in the kitchen since I'm married ^^" ironically needing more produce than ever ~


So far, I have harvested a few herbs (Chives, Garlic Chives, Coriander, and Parsley), some peas, their shoots, some sweet corn, a bit of lettuces, two strawberries, some squash and lucerne mulch.



Added by Florence on January 22, 2012 at 21:45 — 3 Comments

Berries in Brisbane ~

Yes, we can grow berries in Brisbane :)


Went home today to help mum cut down the passionfruit vines, she already cleaned up a couple, and there are four more ~ took us a couple of hours ~ together with the ones she harvested over the past week we ended up with more than a 40 litre tub full of yellow and red passionfruits ~ Not bad since we've been harvesting for 3 or 4 months, and the crows have took some.  Forgot to take pictures though....  We gave about 20 to our…


Added by Florence on September 10, 2011 at 20:24 — 32 Comments

Greening Australia

There’s not much to report on my garden.. I think there’s not enough sun in my new backyard and the soil is not good enough yet that my seedlings are growing excruciatingly slow.  I just visited my mum yesterday, and the seeds she’ve sown after me are like 4 times the size of mine now >__<”  It’s nice to know the work I put in over the last 3 years are paying off and I know she gets more sun than me, but it still makes me jealous!  I think I’ll go and help her thin out overcrowded…


Added by Florence on June 27, 2011 at 22:38 — 3 Comments

Dehydrator first use ~ & my new garden ~

It's been a long time since my last blog ~ I haven't been doing much gardening if at all over that time (About 4 months...) ^^

I am surprised we're even harvesting anything at all, but the passionfruits, chillies, lime (fruited for the first time), angled luffa, Rosella (and the sweet potato leaves, and choko shoots if you eat these too) are producing despite the neglect ^^…


Added by Florence on March 31, 2011 at 21:25 — 12 Comments

A rainy October… and warming November

With the rainy weather in October, there wasn't much gardening done... sown quite a bit this month though.. hope it's not too late..

A lot of peaches have fallen in the rain, so I had to picked them all up. I wanted to bag some of the fruits, but noticed many are starting to rot on the tree, and some of them have clear jelly like substance oozing out from the fruits. I’ve picked a lot off, ending up with half a wheelbarrow of wasted fruits… I’ve bagged a few very young fruits anyway,… Continue

Added by Florence on November 15, 2010 at 22:17 — 10 Comments

September happy harvests ~

There’s lots of flowers in the garden.. I’ve never felt so much spring before! We’ve got lupin, poppies, sweet peas, snapdragons, chrysanthemum, sunflowers, daisies, roses, and most of all marigolds are blooming right now~…


Added by Florence on September 24, 2010 at 23:20 — 6 Comments

August... Thought I'd be getting my Broccoli by now!

We're starting to get rain and warm days here and there in August. I have recorded 64 mm from the downpour on the 10th and my water tank have gone from 1/5 full to overflowing!!

Most of the petals from the peach trees were beat down by the rain, but the leaves have already started growing…


Added by Florence on August 22, 2010 at 12:43 — 6 Comments

July.... growing slowly but surely.... (updated 30/07/2010)

I might have planted my winter veggies too late, so I am not harvesting anything yet.. except for some self sown lettuces in my tomato bed.. Other then that I've only got eggplants that are still producing consistently, oh and also garlic chives..

I've harvested some tumeric and ginger, but the ginger are a bit slim though.. not fat and plump like the ones you buy...…


Added by Florence on July 10, 2010 at 19:30 — 19 Comments

June winter garden

After seeing how neat and tidy Mark's setup is.. I decided to buy some proper seedling trays and seed raising mix.

Partly also because I found my own seed mix have a lot of weed seeds in them and I have no idea what comes up were what I planted especially for those I am growing for the first time.

I got… Continue

Added by Florence on June 16, 2010 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

May Garden after the pumpkin vines ~

Having cleared the pumpkin vines, it exposed some available ground.. I’ve asked Albert to remove a line of bricks in between the veggies beds and the row of fruit trees, and dug a trench that’s one spade deep and one spade wide in its place. I then put in a layer of horse manure, scattered some blood & bone, and wood ash, mix it up with a bit of soil and put the dug up soil back in the trench to make a long narrow raised bed ~…


Added by Florence on June 2, 2010 at 19:49 — 2 Comments

Finally cleaned up the pumpkin vines!!

Judging from all the posts many of us had a busy weekend in the garden :) Love to see what others are up to in Brisbane :)

As indicated by the title, I've finally cleaned up most of the pumpkin vines, ripe or not..

This is a 'before' photo on Saturday morning..…


Added by Florence on May 10, 2010 at 22:15 — 12 Comments

Autumn ~ Heps of work in the garden

Autumn is sort of like a second spring in sub-tropical Brisbane ^^ Other then cleaning up the summer crop.. or just growth with not much crops, (that’s what I think the pumpkin vine and passionfruit vines are doing… ) we’ll also be busy preparing for the winter veggies ~…


Added by Florence on April 22, 2010 at 23:52 — 11 Comments

End of beginning of summer ~

We’ve had a warm spring this year, and December being the first month of summer has been very hot for the first part, and very hot and humid for most if not all of the whole holiday period.

A recently planted bamboo, and a couple of established and newly planted plants in the cucurbitaceae family have succumbed to the heat early in December. One of those 2am storm flooded the ground the coop was sitting on and the crippled chook who slept downstairs was rescued from stomach deep… Continue

Added by Florence on January 12, 2010 at 10:18 — 3 Comments

Happy Garden in October/November

With the increased rain and warmer temperatures in October and November, the summer plants like the ones in the Cucurbitaceae family were jumping out of the ground like they are on steroids! (Except for hairy melon, winter melon, and angled luffa… these are so tricky!) They are suffering in the last week as the heat intensify though...

The peas and snowpeas were suffering from powdery mildew except for a few which were grown from seeds saved from a supermarket volunteered plant a… Continue

Added by Florence on November 24, 2009 at 22:00 — 8 Comments

September in Retrospect

Spring’s been knocking on my front door ~ see the photo of our front garden (still needs borders put in, will be re-using our old pavers)

Sunflowers in the front garden

Although just planted, the mulberry tree’s full of ~ well ~ mulberries ~ We’ve harvested about a dozen, before this picture was taken. The blueberries are bearing fruits now too, but a long way till they’re ripe.

The pomelo have finished flowering, they were huge white flowers loved by… Continue

Added by Florence on October 4, 2009 at 22:06 — 7 Comments

August 'Spring' Preparation

Other then the potato bed, another veggie bed was ready to plant and has been filled with soil + horse manure + coffee ground since my last blog. This is the legume bed, although It’s only 80% filled, but can’t wait to start planting into it. So I’ve sown snowpeas, garden peas, sugarsnaps & pigeon peas in it, except for pigeon peas and garden peas (I think) all have germinated, and the tallest seedling is about 20 cm high!

snowpeas - taken a fews days ago, they are bigger now

The… Continue

Added by Florence on August 26, 2009 at 22:13 — 3 Comments

More work in the garden in July ~

The garden reno’s not progressing as much as I hope due to other less interesting but important commitments in life, I can only contribute a couple of hours a week on this project when the weather is good. Except for last weekend when I took a day off to move the 5 cubic metre DeCo I ordered, still some in the front though.

Two of the four veggie beds on the west side of the house are more accurately positioned parallel to the house, lined with black plastics on the inside, and… Continue

Added by Florence on July 30, 2009 at 22:22 — 7 Comments

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